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Boat to prevent oil spill hits reef and spills fuel

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A tugboat put in service to help prevent another oil spill disaster in Prince William Sound ran aground on the same reef as the Exxon Valdez 20 years ago in what remains the nation's worst oil spill.

The Coast Guard said Thursday that the 136-foot tug with six crew aboard had just completed an ice survey and was heading back to port in Valdez when it grounded on Bligh Reef.

Two of the tug's fuel tanks were damaged. The tanks contained an estimated 33,500 gallons of diesel fuel, about a quarter of their total capacity.

The Coast Guard said Thursday that there was a fuel sheen about 3 miles long and 30 yards wide that had drifted away from the vessel.

Student suspended for wearing Santa suit

WALLINGFORD, Pennsylvania — A suburban Philadelphia teenager was suspended for a day for wearing a Santa Claus suit to school.

Michael Hance says he told his principal that he planned to wear the suit to Strath Haven High School in Wallingford and hand out candy canes. The 18-year-old senior says the principal told him that wasn't a good idea because it would be a distraction.

The school district says in a statement that Hance was suspended for the day for "defiance of authority."

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